Hot water has a multitude of uses in our everyday life including showers, kitchen sinks, swimming pools, spas, and even serving as a space heater in hydronic systems such as radiant floors.
Heating water for domestic use is one of the largest sources of energy consumption and C02 emissions in a household. Solar hot water is the most cost-effective and efficient renewable energy available when you consider the sun’s free availability to everyone in the world. Improved technology and financial incentives have made solar watering heating within reach for nearly every homeowner — it saves you money, while saving energy and the environment. Components may include a water collector, storage tank, standard hot water heater, and a variety of valves to control the hot waters path to the storage tank and/or supplemental water heater.
When you use the power of the sun to heat your pool, you do much more than just raise the water temperature. You actually stretch your swimming season from a paltry 2 months during the hot summer months, to mid-April through September without the use of supplemental heat. At the same time, you’ll slash your pool heating costs and help remove tons of greenhouse gases from the environment. No special maintenance is required during the swimming season and many systems pay for themselves in two to three years and lasts up to 25 years.
Thermal rebates are available if you are currently on natural gas. All the more reason to free yourself from propane and natural gas bills with financial incentives are at their highest level. The State Rebate, combined with the current tax credit can mean savings of up to 30% of the installation’s total cost. For example, federal and local incentives exist which dramatically reduce the cost of a new system. Residential systems can earn up to $1,875, while multifamily and commercial properties qualify for rebates of up to $500,000.